While CBD oils and tinctures have been flying off shelves and websites for over a year now, people around the world have been singing the anecdotal praises of how it has helped them in one way or another. While FDA regulations prevent us from going into detail here (because Roselli Farms sells the highest quality CBD oils) a simple search for the impact CBD can have on people yields enormous results. People who understand the effects of CBD on their own sense of well-being have also opened the doors to determine if CBD can have a positive effect on their closest four-legged companions. Researchers at Cornell found that CBD oil was safe for pets to consume. So, yes, dogs can take CBD! Let’s take a look at their study.
CBD Tincture for the Pups!
At Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, researchers set out to determine the efficacy of administering CBD oil to reduce inflammation and pain in canines. Here is a link to the study, entitled, Pharmacokinetics, Safety, and Clinical Efficacy of Cannabidiol Treatment in Osteoarthritic Dogs.
This study sought to discover if CBD was appropriate for dogs who suffered from osteoarthritis (OA). Dogs afflicted with OA can have adverse outcomes when treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to treat the pain of their condition. Since these drugs cannot guarantee the safety of dogs with OA, researchers wanted to know if using a CBD oil instead could produce similar results without the potentially negative effects.
Researchers gave the dogs 2mg of their blend of CBD oil every 12 hours for a period of 4 weeks. After each dose, the dogs were evaluated by a veterinarian and by their owner. Neither knew whether their dog was on the CBD oil or the Placebo (which was simply olive oil made to smell like the CBD oil). After 4 weeks, dogs were given either the placebo or the CBD oil (whichever one they had not received previously).
The results of this randomized, double-blind, cross-over study revealed that the veterinary assessment showed significant pain reduction with no reported side effects. While not exactly the greatest medical breakthrough of the century, I am sure that the dogs suffering from OA were happy to feel a bit better moving around.
Can My Vet Prescribe CBD Oil for My Pooch?
As with most of the CBD industry today, even though laws prohibiting Cannabis (think THC) in general do not apply similarly to CBD, CBG, CBN, and other non-psycho-tropic cannabinoids, many vets are simply unaware of the research that is being conducted in this field. The stigma that came with THC cannabis still runs deep at this point in time. That said, there are veterinarians who are calling for more research and other holistic vet clinics that are willing to prescribe it as long as it meets the threshold for THC content.
The good news is that this study and others like it should go a long way to helping Fido have more options when it comes to treatment for certain pain-related ailments.
Other studies underway are looking at the effect of CBD oil on dogs that suffer seizures which while promising, has not yielded clinically significant results. Studies are ongoing on the treatment of dogs who are afflicted by anxiety as well.
So, Should I Give My Dog My CBD Oil?
There is no law against giving your dog CBD Oil. In fact, Roselli Farms offers a wonderful Pet Tincture specifically designed for your furry friend. We also state recommended dosages based on the weight of your dog. As with anything that you provide for your pet, moderation is always advised. We can’t say (and are not allowed to say) if there will be any benefit to your little buddy, but there are many people and even some veterinarians today who are taking CBD into the canine world with anecdotal results. Safety should always be your first priority, but so far, CBD has not been shown to be dangerous for dogs. Personally, I have a sweet pound puppy named Calypso who took CBD when she was going through an anxious phase, and my partner and I both seemed to feel that it helped her through it. She doesn’t take it any longer as she no longer experiences any issues with anxiety. (and yes, she is adorable all the time).